Asia/Africa update: November 4-5 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN US airstrikes in Kunduz province on Saturday reportedly killed “scores” of Afghan civilians: The airstrikes in Kunduz on Friday night targeted three villages in Chardara, a district west of the provincial capital where Taliban fighters have long maintained a strong presence.   Afghan security forces prevented access to the bomb sites in Essa… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 4-5 2017

Obama nominates hawkish Ashton Carter as next Secretary of Defense

After Michèle Flournoy and Sen. Jack Reed both said “thanks, but no thanks” to the chance to become Barack Obama’s fourth defense secretary, the last top candidate standing was Dr. Ashton Carter, who previously served as Obama’s (2011-2013) Deputy Secretary of Defense and (2009-2011) Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, and before that was… Continue reading Obama nominates hawkish Ashton Carter as next Secretary of Defense

So about arming the Syrian rebels…

Here’s one argument against supplying John McCain’s best good friends with advanced weapons, like MANPADS, that could obviously be repurposed against Western targets by an extremist/terrorist group: we can’t keep track of our shit. Specifically, we can’t keep track of the almost 750,000 small arms we’ve sent to Afghanistan since 2004, to the tune of… Continue reading So about arming the Syrian rebels…